For Martuni’s pianist, nothing beats ‘12 Days’

Holiday Glee Club

The Examiner asked The City’s songbirds and community chorus members to describe their favorite seasonal music and why it inspires them.

Joe Wicht, Pianist, Martuni’s Monday night piano bar

Favorite music:
“Twelve Days of Christmas.”

Why:
“This is the ultimate Christmas-party singalong. You get a full room of revelers and you can assign parts. Add a cocktail and a few ad-libs, stir gently.”

Who’s in town

Singer-songwriter Dan Hicks performs with the Hot Licks. “Holidaze in Hicksville” is the show. [8 and 10 p.m., Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Museums

Museum of Performance and Design: Exhibits include “More Life! Angels in America at Twenty” and “Toy Theatres: Worlds in Miniature.” [Noon to 5 p.m., 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Randall Museum: Child-geared exhibits include “Riding the Rails,” “Wild in the City” and “Living With a Restless Earth.” [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 199 Museum Way, S.F.]

Photography exhibition: Robert Tat Gallery presents “Reprise: Favorite Photographs,” a selection of the most popular images from past exhibits and the gallery collection. [11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., 49 Geary St., Suite 211, S.F.]

Holiday flora:
The San Francisco Botanical Garden presents “’Tis the Season for Holiday Plants,” an exhibit of plants that are an integral part of the holiday season. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]


Tours

Old town: San Francisco City Guides hosts a “Gold Rush City” tour. Topics include San Francisco’s Vigilance Committee, Emperor Norton and original 49ers. [11 a.m., meet at Transamerica Pyramid, Clay and Montgomery streets, S.F.]

‘San Francisco in a Nutshell’: The comedian-led tour, presented by Foot Tours, features games, tales and fun facts about San Francisco’s past. [1 p.m., meet at Union Square, Geary and Stockton streets, S.F.; RSVP/info: www.foottours.com]


At the colleges

Art show: “Vodoun/Vodounon: Portraits of Initiates,” an exhibit of works by photographer Jean-Dominique Burton, looks at modern-day voodoo. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, Palo Alto]

At the public library

Mission Bay Library Card Club: Adults ages 50 and up are invited to come play cards, Scrabble and chess. [3 p.m., Mission Bay Branch, 960 Fourth St., S.F.]

Family Movie Night: The evening features “The Adventures of Prince Achmed,” recommended for ages 6 and up. [7 p.m., North Beach Branch, 2000 Mason St., S.F.]


Local activities

Gory little Christmas: Comedian Will Franken presents his one-man holiday show, “Texas Chainsaw Yuletide,” a madcap romp through one man’s deranged yet brilliant subconscious. [9:30 p.m., Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson St., S.F.]

Holiday tunes: The San Francisco Symphony presents “’Twas the Night,” an evening of seasonal tunes and singalong opportunities with symphony and chorus members. [7:30 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Youth theater: Marsh Youth Theater presents “Siddhartha, the Bright Path,” a show featuring a dramatic story, Indian music, art, kathak dance and a Bollywood dance scene. [3 p.m., The Marsh, 1062 Valencia St., S.F.]

Flamenco night: Yaelisa and Caminos Flamencos present “Fiesta de Navidad,” the holiday edition of their Cafe Flamenco series. Spanish dance and music are on the bill. [8 and 9:30 p.m., Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa St., S.F.]

Dining out

Maya: Chef Asuncion Quezada cooks modern Mexican food, and the tacos are highlighted today. Taco selections include estilo Baja (beer-battered mahi mahi, Mexican-style coleslaw and chipotle aioli); carne asada (grilled steak, black beans, cilantro and chile de arbol salsa); and nopalitos (cactus leaf, chile poblano, onion, oregano, avocado, queso fresco and cilantro). Also recommended are the guacamoles. [303 Second St., S.F., (415) 543-2928]

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